Planning your first motorhome trip

New to the world of motorhomes and planning your first trip? We know that starting something new can be daunting at times, it’s normal to want to be sure you are confident and comfortable before you hit the road. We’ve put together a list of top tips to help get you started.


Think about everything you are likely to need on a daily basis. What accessories or equipment will you need? In the kitchen, think about pots, pans, plates, cutlery, cups and a kettle. Bathroom – toiletries, towels, toilet roll etc. In the bedroom – bedding, sheets, any extra blankets. By pre-planning it’s more likely you won’t forget anything. Make sure you have a good first aid kit on hand in case of any accidents.

Meal Planning & Snacks

Cooking in a motorhome isn’t like in your kitchen at home, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t make delicious meals on the road. Think ahead and plan your meals, this can save you time, money and hassle leaving you more time to enjoy your holiday. With limited space on board so it’s a good idea to try and reduce the use of multiple pots & pans. There are thousands of one pot meal recipes that you can try, this also means less washing up, which is always a good thing.

It’s a good idea to have snacks, treats and canned food on board as well. These are good when you are looking for quick meals, or something to tide you over until you can get something more substantial. Canned food also has longer shelf life so are less likely to go out of date than only using fresh products.

The main thing when cooking on the road is to try and keep it simple.

Weight & Size of your vehicle

It’s important to consider the size of your motorhome. Think about your travel plans, where are likely to drive? are there likely to be lots of small country roads? tunnels? Will there be parking available?  You want to do some research and make sure the route you take is going to be the easiest and most comfortable to drive and try to avoid any areas that could be more problematic when driving a larger vehicle.

Plan your free time

One of the benefits to motorhome holidays is the outdoors, make sure you try and make the most of it. Get out and explore the local area, enjoy an outdoor barbeque, or pop into a cafe or pub. You don’t have to spend all your time in your motorhome when you have the great outdoors on your doorstep.

Unfortunately, it will probably rain at some point during your holiday, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have something to keep you occupied. Bring a book (or two), enjoy watching TV series – rainy days are perfect for binge watching. For younger ones, video games, toys, creative activities like drawing or painting are good ways to keep kids entertained.

Make the most of Wi-Fi hotspots, these can be used to catch up on news, download films or music or generally just browse the internet.

Have a trial run

A good way to know if you’re ready is to have a trial run. A weekend away, maybe somewhere close to home or an area that you are familiar with will give you a chance to test things out and make sure you have everything you need.

Motorhome holidays give you plenty of freedom. You can go where you want, when you want and stay for as long as you want – which can lead to plenty of adventures. Make sure you make the most of your motorhome. Don’t just use it in the summer months, go somewhere new just because you can and it’s something different to do one weekend.

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